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Government service is largely self-less service, with top performers and those in top positions (not necessarily mutually exclusive conditions) volunteering to give up greater remuneration and other rewards in order to answer their country's call.

No matter what you call this conflict, such endeavors require leadership, and absent such leadership even the most intrepid at both the policy and operational level are bound to flounder.

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Filled today with Kenneth L. Wainstein to replace Townsend and Michael E. Leiter to replace John Scott Redd as director of the National Counterterrorism Center. Doesn't change your point though. It is awfully hard to get good people to lead. Yet many of the high level pros that I've known are dedicated and quite good at their jobs.